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The gift that keeps giving

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 by The Press in Sports

On Monday morning, I stopped at my local Turkey Hill for a coffee. I didn’t get a lot of sleep the night before.

In the store, I noticed an older gentleman who was also getting a coffee and estimated him to be about 80-years-old. He was talking about the big game the night before to anyone who would listen.

As I was sitting in my car ready to leave, the man came out and stood on the sidewalk drinking his coffee - just looking around and smiling. He seemed to simply be taking it all in.

Phantoms try to shake off rust

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

You know that Monday morning feeling when you head into work and it takes you a while to get going? Especially if you had a few extra days off. The Phantoms had that look to them Friday night when they returned from the All-Star Break to face the Charlotte Checkers at the PPL Center. To be honest, both teams had that look as the game started off with a myriad of missed passes and turnovers. The Checkers even got a penalty for too many men on the ice in the opening minutes of the game.

Zephs top Emmaus

Thursday, February 1, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

It was a good week for the Whitehall wrestling team as they prevailed against a league rival who has been a thorn in their side, and then had a top ten finish at the EPC championship.

The thorn in their side can be more accurately stated as a stinger in their side as Emmaus has won the previous five meetings. Whitehall put an end to that string, or sting, with a 35-32 win over the Green Hornets.

The win puts the Zephs at 10-5 on the season with two more dual meets remaining.

Injuries not helping girls playoff hopes

Thursday, February 1, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

As the basketball season winds down, the Whitehall girls basketball team will have to overcome some recent adversity in their quest to make the playoffs.

They lost another player to an injury as Taryn Sayre was recently sidelined. This follows in the footsteps of losing Olivia George who was injured in their game against Hazleton. Both players will be further evaluated and a firm timetable for their return is still not certain.

Outdoors: Oakley creating buzz in archery world

Thursday, February 1, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

This inspirational story comes to us from the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP), which we did a column on a few years back.

Locally, the Swain School in Allentown, Defranco Elementary School in Bangor, Bangor Area Middle School and Bangor Area High School are involved in the program. The sport affords an opportunity for youngsters who don’t care to or can’t participate in ball sports, be a part of the scholastic sports environment.

Boys will fall short of playoff berth

Thursday, February 1, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Whitehall boys basketball team ran into another northern buzzsaw when East Stroudsburg South blew into Zephyr Gymnasium last Friday.

The Cavaliers, following in the fleet footsteps of Pocono Mountain West who also reside in the Mountain Division of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, used their quickness and athleticism to keep Whitehall’s offense under wraps for most of the game, earning a 66-39 victory.

The loss put the Zephs at 5-12 on the season and officially eliminated them from the postseason.

District 11 wrestling tourney this weekend

Thursday, February 1, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

The District 11 team wrestling championships will kick off on Thursday and concludes Saturday at Freedom.

Bethlehem Catholic enters the 3A tournament as the top seed and the clear favorite to win the district crown as they open Thursday’s action at 7:30 p.m. against the winner of the eight-nine matchup between Easton and Freedom. Those matches will take place at Liberty.

Fifth-seeded Stroudsburg will more than likely face fourth-seeded Northampton in Thursday’s other half of the upper bracket, as the Mounties take on twelfth-seeded Whitehall in the opening round.

Zephs aim to get their flips back on track

Thursday, February 1, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Flipping is an important aspect in swimming as swimmers who execute a precise flip turn have set themselves up for a competitive edge, but in Thursday’s meet against Nazareth, flipping became synonymous with missed opportunities in close races against the Blue Eagles.

Head coach Pete Rile was looking over the results from their meet against the Blue Eagles in which the girls lost by 20 points, 95-75. The girls won four events, and as Rile perused the times, he felt that total could have been much higher.